Wednesday, October 4, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
Home buyers may want to be in the market this week: It’s the time of year with the most favorable conditions for purchasing a property, a new study shows.
Historically, the week of Oct. 1–7 brings the strongest balance of market conditions, with greater home listings, less buyer competition and lower prices compared to other times of the year, according to realtor.com®’s “Best Time to Buy Report(link is external).” That’s welcome news for buyers, who have been facing severe inventory and affordability constraints.
However, there remain plenty of market headwinds, such as mortgage rates at a 23-year high. The monthly payment to finance a median-priced home is still more than 20% higher than last year, even with home prices moderating in some markets, says realtor.com® Chief Economist ...